Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything

As Bill Creed, a Jesuit spiritual director, once told me, "In the bright sunshine of God's love, your shadows begin to emerge." -- James Martin, The Jesuit Guide to Almost Everything; A Spirituality for Real LifeBoy, does that resonate with me, and with everyone I know who is serious about deepening their relationship with Christ. Face-to-face with the All-in-all, one eventually comes face-to-face with oneself, in all one's glaring inadequacy; the soul is planed down through prayer and … [Read more...]

Just how angry are some Americans? -UPDATES

Because all of his pronouncements are subject to sudden change, President Obama, who decried the use of reconciliation on much smaller matters than this, has decided reconciliation is the perfect vehicle by which to tell the American public to shut up and take what he's giving them (language warning), and also take command over 17% of the economy.And he's doing it, all while pretending not to know that America is saying "no."Is that just Obama taking a stab at some plausible deniability? … [Read more...]

March 1st: To Confession!

The Archdiocese of New York , in a move that will be replicated in many Diocese throughout the country, will be offering 'round the clock confession on March 5-6.A well-publicized 24-hour period of confessions has proved to be an effective invitation to the sacrament, and there are always big "turn-outs," which some might find surprising. As I am swamped today (in a good way) I wanted to direct you to Deacon Greg's very personal, thoughtful and inspiring story of his own transformative … [Read more...]

Obama's Salvation in One "Smart" Step

Rick at Brutally Honest wonders if some member of the press might ask Obama to define what he means by socialism, given Obama's statement yesterday:"Contrary to the claims of some of my critics, I am an ardent believer in the free market," Obama said in prepared remarks. . . . "Getting this balance right has less to do with big government or small government than it does smart government. It's not about being anti-business or pro-government; it's about being pro-growth and pro-jobs," he … [Read more...]

G. Washington, S. Brown & Idealism

This is both interesting and sad:Over at dotCommonweal, Robert Imbelli had a brief post on the buzz-producing "Yes" from Scott Brown on yesterday's jobs bill. While many analysts have spent the last little while dissecting the vote itself, Imbelli noticed a much quieter (yet much more depressing) note in the story:Three hours before the jobs-bill vote, the Senate chamber opened with its 117-year tradition of reading Washington's Farewell Address on his birthday. The current lawmakers … [Read more...]

Read this

Don't ask. Just shut up and go read it.And learn to be grateful.If we can learn to be grateful, we can know joy - true joy - while we live.If we cannot learn gratitude, the joy will always be elusive, perhaps a near thing, but never complete.Gratitude is the secret.I am grateful for this reminder. … [Read more...]

Laughter and Lent and Links

Fr. Dwight Longenecker writes:We are not mocking the spiritual battle but, rather, the pride and vanity of one who thinks himself the highest while he is really the lowest.Of course we must take sin seriously. The reality of the devil must be admitted, and, especially during Lent, we must enter the spiritual battle wearing our full armor. All I am suggesting is that part of that armor should be the swift arrows of good humor and humility.Laughing at Lucifer is a good way to do just … [Read more...]

Dominican Sisters on Oprah

Novices in chapel, observed by Oprah's crewThe Dominican Sisters of Mary will be featured on Oprah Winfrey's show tomorrow, and the gals were kind enough to send along an exclusive picture from the crew's visit to their Ann Arbor Motherhouse. They have more pictures here.A peek at her teaser for the Tuesday show (H/T the Deac) indicates that the Sisters will share the hour with a look at the "the word's only Western Geisha." One serves God and thereby all of humanity, one serves a single … [Read more...]

Civil Obama and the Civilizing Press – UPDATE

"Civility is not a sign of weakness" declares President Obama. Well, we know that. When President Bush was civil to his opposition, some of us knew that did not mean he was weak.Actually, though, his lecturing on civility might carry more weight if the same president saying this did not use the same language to describe Republicans as he uses for terrorists:ÔÇťObama used the same language toward Republicans as he did toward extremists in the Muslim world in his inaugural address. Of R … [Read more...]

Candlemas; Feast of the Presentation

And his father and his mother marveled at what was said about him; and Simeon blessed them and said to Mary his mother, "Behold, this child is destined to be the rise and the fall of many in Israel, and a sign that is spoken against (and a sword will pierce through your own soul also), that thoughts out of many hearts may be revealed." The Gospel According to Luke, Chapter 2It is odd that this feastday -The Feast of the Presentation of Christ- (which is also called "Candlemas" because it is … [Read more...]


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